Traditional Dhow shipbuilders of Sur | Oman 2014

Long considered as Oman’s prime trading ports, the calm and serene coastal town is the capital of Ash Sharqiyah on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Sur has always been the epicenter of travel and trade in this region. Its vessels have ruled the waters since many a centuries! Its strategic location has always helped in maintaining and monitoring peace in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

Sinbad, the Pirates of the Main and trade from as far as China to the Mediterranean all had one this in common: the Omani hand made Dhows sailing vessels. Mark Abouzeid report on this important world cultural heritage takes you to one of the last remaining hand built boat yards in Sur, Oman.

Here is the video teaser for an upcoming documentary reportage on this important Omani cultural heritage.

Cedars in Air | Beirut to Balbek

On a snowy winter day, Mark Abouzeid crossed the mountains surrounding Beirut to visit Hezbollah stronghold of Balbek…and found a history of Roman conflict rather than present day.

The second installment of Mark Abouzeid’s journey to his ancestral home in search of his roots. This work as well as future footage from upcoming trips will be developed into an upcoming documentary film, “Cedars in Air”.

 

UCI Road World Championships in Florence | Day 1

Day 1 | Omega Pharma Quickstep won the Elite Men’s Team Time Trial by a mere 0.81 seconds.

 

The team set a time of 1:04:16.81 for the  57.2km course.

Tom Steels (directeur sportif of Omega Pharma Quick Step): “Was this a revenge for the Tour de France? No, but we know how it feels like to lose at the very last minute. Our athletes  have been amazing, they won on character rather than on force”

 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step): “Hearing that Orika overtook us worked like a wake up call, Tom really pushed us to do out best. In the end there were only four of us left, but in the city centre, with all those turns, it was probably better. What will happen on Wednesday? Now I know the course, I’m more self confident. My rivals? Cancellara and Wiggins above all”

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The 2013 UCI Road World Championships are taking place in Florence, Tuscany, Italy, between 22 and 29 September 2013.

The Championships consist of 12 events for elite, under-23 and junior cyclists. It is the 86th Road World Championships, the 13th in Italy and the first time that the event will take place in Tuscany. The finish of the different events is in Florence. The near towns of Lucca, Montecatini Terme and Pistoia will host the start of the events.

Oman, the Grand Mosque

In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque.

 

The entrance to the Great Mosque in Oman.

The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features.

The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers. (Wikipedia)

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The Bedouin Heritage Project Launch

Mark Abouzeid announced, today, the founding of the Bedouin Heritage Project. Our goal is to help realize the dream set forth by UNESCO in helping safeguard and protect Intangible Cultural heritages, in this case the Bedouin’s of Jordan’s Wadi Rum Protected Zone.

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